A few years ago I met R's workmate's now son in law. He was twenty and pretty as a picture and very effeminate. Some three or more years later, he has shown no signs of being gay. There aren't rules. You can be effeminate and straight. I have known a few in the past.
The lad started an air conditioning/plumber type apprenticeship but has chucked it in. He is now angling for the police force, but evidently the police force entry requirements consist of needing good mathematical skills. He is getting some remedial help from R's workmate's husband.
What maths skills does a policeman need? Trigonometry could be useful for measuring car accident or crime scenes. Aside from that, I would have thought basic arithmetic would be enough?
Maths was a compulsory subject when I was at school. It was the biggest waste of my time and a most uninteresting subject. Lordy, at different times I studied Pure Maths, Applied Maths, Calculus, Trigonometry, Algebra. I fudged my way with most of it until it became so complex that I could no longer work it out with mental or my own written calculations. Algerbraic formulas became the only way to get to an answer and I just could not do it. It was above me and I didn't care as I knew it was pointless. I was left behind.
Then there were logarithms (are they like algorithms?), slide rules, booklets of tables. I haven't a clue why your bloke on the street needed to know them. Our simple electronic calculators that are now part of our mobile phones do a much better job.
With the exception perhaps of trigonometry, none of the above have been any use to me in my subsequent years.
I consider Maths a complete waste of my school time. We had one American teacher who called it Math, rather than Maths. That was weird and we used to mock him.
By the end of primary school at eleven years old, seven years of school, I knew arithmetic. That is all I have ever needed.
I hope the kiddies of today are not wasting time on Maths. Far better to spend time on history, geography, social science, environment. Sport even, but don't make them do sport if they don't want to.